What to expect from PaCE
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person strengthens another.” – Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
PaCE Groups are made up of clergy who meet monthly for a period of 8-10 months. Some examples of PaCE Groups include (but are not limited to): clergy serving urban congregations; clergy women; clergy serving large congregations; clergy serving in a regional cluster; clergy pursuing excellence in preaching; clergy in cross-racial appointments; clergy desiring to cross “attendance barriers” (125 in worship, 200 in worship, etc.); clergy in new appointments; etc.
PaCE groups support clergy excellence by:
- Creating a purposeful and trusting environment to build relationships and reduce isolation;
- Exploring ideas with a group that shares similar experiences;
- Expanding horizons within a safe, trusting community of colleagues;
- Creating synergy to empower spiritual and pastoral formation;
- Unlocking imagination;
- Engaging conversations that are practical, theoretical, and theological.
How will it work?
Curriculum focuses on shared learning objectives and group covenants. The curriculum can include written materials (books, articles, web resources) and other multi-media resources (podcasts, Ted Talks, videos, etc.). All members commit to being prepared for each session. Leadership rotates among the group members.
PaCE groups consist of 8 monthly meetings that begin October, 2016. If individuals or groups would like to continue on as their existing PaCE group, that’s GREAT, we just ask that they sign up like a new group.
PaCE groups engage in conversation around particular ministry issues and experiences. Conversation is facilitated using a group coaching model to help participants consider possibilities and expand horizons. PaCE groups incorporate spiritual formation and mutual accountability.
PaCE groups meet monthly at a mutually agreed upon date, time, and location for approximately 3 hours per session.
A suggested format for PaCE groups include:
- 30 minutes | Gathering, devotions, centering, & prayer
- 60 minutes | Discussion on content for the day
- 15 minutes | Break
- 60 minutes | Group coaching/conversation on 1 or 2 practical ministry topics or situations selected by the group
- 15 minutes | Commitments, next steps, & closing
The most effective peer learning groups are facilitated by someone outside of the group who can keep everyone on task, push participants to dig deeper, and hold people accountable to one another. PaCE groups are facilitated by district superintendents, connectional ministries staff, circuit elders, and other coaches/facilitators identified by conference leadership. Facilitators are committed to the covenant of confidentiality within a group and are not there for supervisory or reporting purposes.
Grants of up to $2,500/annually will allow PaCE groups to engage in extended learning in a retreat format or in intensive learning with outside expertise. PaCE group must submit a grant application with clear objectives on enhancing individual clergy’s learning plans, budget, and process for sharing learnings with other groups/leaders in the annual conference.